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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

Has anybody ever said you might make a good teacher? Or, have you wondered about a career in teaching since you were a student yourself? Whatever your goals, Murdoch University's Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) is the perfect place to establish your teaching career.

With a commitment to providing you with the real-life, professional experience you'll encounter in the classroom, this course provides a deep understanding of the situations you'll find yourself in as a teacher, and ensures you have the practical skills and competencies required as you set out to shape the next generation. You'll participate in school placements and engage with all aspects of the school community - developing a comprehensive body of experience before you graduate.

In addition, this course covers all areas of the primary curriculum, including English, maths, science, humanities and social sciences, health and physical education, and the arts, as well as assessment and learning processes. Your role as an educator will be grounded in strong knowledge and an ability to harness effective teaching practices.

This course is available to study on campus or online with some practical components, offering you the ultimate flexibility for your schedule.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Achieved a multiple choice score of 135 or above in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT); OR
  • Completed a recognised post-secondary course; OR
  • Completed approved university preparation (foundation) studies; OR
  • Completed at least one year of study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution; OR
  • Completed 2 units at an Australian university or through Open Universities Australia

Students who have not completed Mathematics Essential level or above of Year 12 mathematics may need to complete an additional pathways unit.

If you don't meet any of these academic entry requirements, Murdoch University offers several pathways, including the FlexiTrack university preparation program, to help you qualify for this course.

Areas of study

In this teaching course, the subjects you may study include:

Year 1

  • Ideas in education
  • Understanding teachers' work
  • Language for learning and teaching
  • Living and learning with technology
  • Thinking mathematically
  • Thinking scientifically
  • Nurturing creativity in the early years

Plus your choice of a general elective unit

Year 2

  • Assessment and action research
  • Learning and teaching
  • Teaching English and literacy in early childhood and primary
  • Principles and practices in early childhood education
  • Babies and toddlers: Growing and learning
  • Teaching the arts in early childhood and primary
  • Teaching health and physical education in early childhood and primary
  • Professional experience: English in practice

Year 3

  • Teaching mathematics in early childhood and primary
  • Country, cultures, peoples: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives across the curriculum
  • Language and literacies in the early years
  • Mathematics and numeracy in the early years
  • Children, families and communities
  • Integrated early childhood curriculum
  • Professional experience: mathematics in practice
  • Inclusive education

Year 4

  • Teaching humanities and social sciences in early childhood and primary
  • Early childhood learning environments
  • Teaching science in early childhood and primary
  • Professional experience: programming across the curriculum
  • Final professional experience 1: early childhood teaching (K-PP)
  • Final professional experience 2: early childhood teaching (K-PP)

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

One of the top 500 universities in the world (2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings), Murdoch University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Across its campuses in Australia, Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch offers over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses spanning a broad range of disciplines, including veterinary science, Information Technology, law, business, psychology and counterterrorism. Murdoch University is part of the Innovative Research Universities network, a group of universities that advises the Australian government on higher education policy.
Murdoch University is committed to providing tailored support to all its students in order to help them meet their educational objectives. It provides a wide range of dedicated services, including career and employment assistance, counselling, disability support, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and study advice. In addition, students have access to a wide range of services including mentoring for first-year students and bespoke programs to support learners who are elite athletes, international students, LGBTIQ students or reservists in the Australian Defence Force.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) from Murdoch University.

You'll be qualified to teach kindergarten through to Year 6 after course completion. Further study at postgraduate level is available for students looking to progress their careers.

Graduates of this course are recognised by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia as well as the respective State, Catholic and Independent school departments, organisations and associations.

Curious about where a career in education could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Primary Teacher
  • Teacher's Aide
  • Children's Services Manager
  • Family Day Care Coordinator
  • Preschool Teacher Director
  • Children's Services TAFE Teacher

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Murdoch University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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